Why it is unlikely that Lou Williams returns to the Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Hawks are almost finished making their offseason moves. They only have three roster spots available, two of those being two-way, where the player splits time between the Hawks and their G League affiliate the College Park Skyhawks.

So, the question is, who will get those spots on the roster? Well, it is highly unlikely that the Hawks make any further moves on their roster until training camp. In fact, it is very likely that the Hawks will not know their full roster until the preseason games are almost over.

This is why it is unlikely that Lou Williams will be a member of the Hawks’ playing group next season. The veteran was going to retire this offseason but then there was a glimmer of hope for his future when he said that he was open to another season.

The Atlanta Hawks are unlikely to re-sign Lou Williams.

According to a recent Bleacher Report article, the Hawks have a weakness in their guard rotation. They have a lot of talented young guards, but they do not have the veteran point guard who could take them over the top in order to contend. So, with that in mind, why are the Hawks unlikely to re-sign Williams.

What it comes down to is that Williams was not a large part of the rotation last season when the Hawks were struggling. They have since added Dejounte Murray and Aaron Holiday who are going to take some significant minutes. They did trade Kevin Huerter and lost Delon Wright in free agency but the new players will soak all of these minutes up.

Williams is a walking bucket but was only able to shoot the ball at 36.3 percent from the field on 1.8 attempts per game. He will be 36 next season and this is getting too old for most guards, especially those who are sporadic in the rotation.

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His age is also a significant number as Williams sat out too many games at the end of the season due to a hip complaint. Williams only played 14.3 minutes per game in 56 contests last season. With another year on his body, he has the potential to miss more time at the end of the season through wear and tear when his team will need him the most.